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, in the course of just seven days, what has happened in michigan is a blow to crush unions, crush collective bargaining, and to crush the power of individual workers to stand together, pool their resources, so that they can support public policy workers, in other words, politicians, so that they could support those politicians who support their interests. it's been working that way for almost 75 years, during that time we went from a nation where so many people were in poverty, lived in poverty, had no benefits, made slave wages, worked 20 hours a day. went from that kind of situation into where most workers were -- had attained middle class status, where workers could afford to go out, buy the house, buy the two cars, send the kids to college and take a vacation. and have nice clothes and all of the things that middle class people want. that's what the union movement produced for america by leveling -- by being in a strong position to be able to demand fairness and equity from the employer. so the employers, let's say general motors, ford, chrysler, the automobile manufacturers, since we're
union, what i referred to as a global surplus for cycling mechanism. and we should all agree. but the united states said, no, mate. dollar surpluses, you cannot have any. none of you have any. you are all covered in ashes. the only accredited nation on the surface of the planet is the united states of america. i agree we have surpluses. we will recycle precisely the way that we choose and we are not going to start this recycling mechanism into a kind of united nations. it is indeed the case that from 1949 until 1960 onwards, the united states of america recycle 70% of its surpluses to germany and japan. an astonishing number. 70% of the profits in the country were recycled into europe and japan. the marshall plan is a very small part of it. i will not bore you with details. but it was not an act of philanthropy. when they go to washington, it is not a philanthropic act on the pentagon's part to instruct boeing to build. it is pragmatic. the united states federal government -- unless europe is dollarized, unless they do not have dollars to spend purchasing the net exports of t
destiny in the sense they were both from the two last states to join the union, not part of the continental united states, came as the first senators and were here so long but really what united them is an enormous dedication t america, patriotism. and when i said that dan inouye's leag is in connecticut and -- legacy is in connecticut and probably most every other state, i could go around the state and i'm thinking of the years and years danny was the chairman of the appropriations committee and the defense appropriations committee. there wasn't anything that we were able to do for connecticut in that time he didn't support. protecting long island sound, the connecticut river, improving our transportation stems systems, making gras to our schools, colleges, and universities, support of the defense industries in connecticut, which have meant so much to the defense of our country but also to the economy of our state. so i salute his memory. all of us should honor it, and try in our own way to emulate this great man. mr. president, senator blumenthal and i come to the floor
. but we are the united states of america, always in search of a more perfect union. we have to do better and i will close with my own little phrase from a song and toes to the members of congress -- and it's to the members of congress and we had an incident that shed light on this earlier in our term in which our colleague was a victim of gun violence. we should be careful of what we do, because the life we save may be our own. and with that, madam speaker, i will yield the remaining of my time to the gentlelady from the virgin islands. mrs. christensen: i thank you, congressman richmond and the two of us have been here on behalf of the congressional black caucus to add our voices to those across our nation who are mourning the loss of those who were killed last week in newtown. and the gentleman said more access to guns than books and it's really true. there is more access to guns than to school books or computers. more access to guns than to decent housing. more access to guns than a decent job. more access to guns than quality health care. colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we nee
danger. the union armies were struggling to grow virtually overnight from a few thousand men scattered across the continent to more than half a million. the inexperienced officers were thrust into command of these raw volunteers. they were stymied by the sheer size of the breakaway confederate states of america, which covered a space larger than the entire european territory conquered by napoleon. lincoln's closest adviser was secretary of state william seward. he said that even smart people fail to see the difficulties of the union's task. they did not have the vast extent of the rebellion. military operations, to be successful, must be on a scale tactically unknown in the art of war. >> the second year of the civil war, a strange federal government and weak federal forces -- on abraham lincoln's rise to greatness. monday at 8:30 eastern, part of four days of book tv. through christmas day on a cease and 2. >> house speaker john boehner abandoned his plan b proposal on the fiscal deadline after he failed to get support from house republicans. we will get an update on this morning's "w
state. i think these states are smaller states. rural states. states in which public employee unions have less leverage than the politics which makes a big difference. i think where the infrastructure needs arno werner as great as -- are nowhere near as great as they are in the states that have several cities which require massive public transportation mechanisms, but the fact that though those analyses are not there does not diminish in anyway the steps these states have taken to keep their fiscal house in order. having rainy day funds is critical to take care of the enormous situations that occur in budgets and the economy. i think he cannot lose sight of the fact that one of the reasons you have a smaller medicaid expenditure is because of the federal formula which favors some states because it is not a based on the actual need. it is based on a median income calculation. as a result of that, a state like new york are california, has a lot more poor people and a lot of rich people so it does back at the same break. i think you get 60% reimbursement from the fed. you get 50% -- oh
a bigger adjustment than any of the european unions. it gives an urgency for us to act. it is also possible to theorize about how a continuation of these policies could hurt growth farther into the future. a recent paper shows that if we do not act on this, and we are basically producing a fundamentally different america. it suggests that we are going to move into a world by 2040 were economic growth in the u.s. is not what we normally expect to see each year. there is crowding out of unity by the government. that is how urgent it is. what should we do? there is another large literature that looks at fiscal consolidations. using my own study as an example and along with my two colleagues, our metric of success is that they achieve deficit reduction. we found fiscal consolidations that were very heavily weighted for spending were much more likely to be except the both then consolidations that were -- likely to be more successful than consolidations that were heavily weighted toward tax increases. we speculate that this is because we find this result because the tax heavy fiscal consolidation
, it is hard to spark inflationary pressures. the u.s. does not have high unionization rates. so even if you had an initial spark of inflation, it is much harder for it to take hold. not impossible. a lot comes down to the credibility of the federal reserve in saying we will not allow that to happen. that credibility could be endangered if they wait too long. >> something to worry about, not in 2013 could you have to come back next year and the year after. another question? yes. gentleman right there, five rows back. the microphone, just coming in. >> do you see areas in increasing untapped productivity? >> we still have massive untapped productivity because we are not using all of the plan equipment and workers we could. that unemployment rate is still elevated. there are millions of workers that could go back to work if there were demand for what they could produce. that is the biggest hits. not only today it also overtime because of they do not get back to work now, they may never come back to work. the second thing is if you look at where we are inefficient. the reason i am glad there is
of the union and we will be working with interested members of congress to try to get some of them done. and the idea that we would say this is terrible, this is a tragedy, never again, and we don't have the sustained attention span to be able to get this done over the next several months doesn't make sense. i have more confidence in the american people than that. i have more confidence in the parents, the mothers and fathers that i've been meeting over the last several days all across the country from all political persuasions, including a lot of gun owners, who say, you know what, this time we've got to do things differently. >> what about the nra? >> well, the nra is an organization that has members who are mothers and fathers. and i would expect that they've been impacted by this as well. and hopefully they'll do some self-reflection. and here's what we know -- that any single gun law can't solve all these problems. we're going to have to look at mental health issues. we're going to have to look at schools. there are going to be a whole range of things that joe's group looks at. we
. not only in the soviet union but in central europe and eastern europe. they encouraged more science and engineers. but they would not create an environment where they could really do good work. the founders would have known this, you cannot just be a scienc -- scientist or engineer to look way over the cliff and over the mountains and beyond. a great state university is talking about creating incentives for people not to have science and engineering as undergraduates. you have to have people who are imaginative and can look beyond the current crisis. that also has been part of the middle class, new ideas. >> i agree. i would like to say more of an emphasis on science and math. in terms of k-eighth grade, so younger kids can look up to those role models. >> one of the great stories a young physicist in the 1950's at places like berkeley, they started going back to questions of uncertainty and they became more philosophical. this created the opportunity for whole new areas of physics in the 1970's. if you are just doing problem steps, you are not thinking about the deeper ideas, you a
is propose this legislation through the taft harley act, anti-union, anti-labor act. that's his first legislation, before sputnik, even, he supports federal education. he supports a number of liberal issues. there are more conservative issues that he was voting for, but not because he's conservative. does that answer your question? \[laughter] >> a history lesson. >> the point i was trying to make is if you look at his total record, i can go on forever, but it's scattered throughout the book, in the obama chapter, there's an endorsement of president obama. everyone said he changed. no, he's always been consistent on this. >> any other questions? all right. well, thank you both so much for joining us. \[applause] \[captioning performed by national captioning institute] \[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> tonight this week, c-span2 featuring a book tv. thursday, books about the president and first lady starting at 8:00 eastern. michelle obama genealogy in american tapestry. at 9:15, a discussion of barack obama. 10:55, a critical look at president obama before a
air parental assistance. the file was different than this. protecting the state of the union address i think that ought to say it a loan from $1 billion a year. " we hit would have to own for the marketplace. a college is an ability to get the decreased aide that would give to their increasing during financial control? >> there is also the possible is there anything else? we touched on some of this? there is some much more. i feel like there are some in the sections that we did not even get to or was mentioned in passing at some point? i guess that is part of the future conversation. thank you for coming. thank you to the panelists for putting it all together in giving us your night. it is so wonderful. really, it helped us a list the little bit into this issue. thank you. [applause] >> on friday pose a washington channel, a look at the countdown to the fiscal cliff. our guest will be danian paleta. then a discussion on poverty and hunger. a discussion with alisha coleman-jenson. friday at 7:00 eastern on c- span. coming up later, congressional retirement and the fees. we spoke with ge
state of the union message said i'm willing to look at other ideas to bring down cost including one that will republicans suggested, medical malpractice reform. now is the time for the president to fulfill that pledge and put doctors, patients and taxpayers first. that's in this bill. the house passed a budget. and now legislation again that truly cuts spending to offset the automatic spending cuts or sequester. our debt grows by $4 billion a day and it's our kids who and their grandkids who are going to pay the price if we stand by and do nothing. without action a $20 trillion debt could soon be a reality. so if not us, who is going to do it? if not now, when sit going to happen? it's time to make the sufficient choices to get the deficit down. let's vote for this bill. i yield my time. >> the gentleman from maryland. >> i now yield a minute and a half to the gentleman lady from california. >> thank you very much. well, it is clear that the republican image tiss hr 6684 is an attempt to generate votes for speaker boehner's plan b. when it comes to protecting the middle class this g
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